Mrs. Pam Yanusko, who will retire at the end of this year, with children in the Preschool program.

Preschool Director Mrs. Yanusko to Retire

After 20 years of teaching, Mrs. Pam Yanusko, FCS teacher and the Preschool instructor, will retire.

When “Mrs. Y” first arrived as a teacher at BASH, there was a preschool established, but it wasn’t the preschool it is today.

“A teacher named Mrs. Betty Fulmer started the preschool in the mid-90’s. However, it really was primarily a ‘Play School’,” she said. “I worked on developing it more into a true preschool and started to align our lessons with PA state teaching standards.”

Today, the program is a high school course designed to train students  in the art of running a preschool.   Children between the ages of 3 1/2 and 5 that reside in the Boyertown School District may attend.  The program runs from October through December and again from March though May.  The only cost is a $50.00 non-refundable application fee for each semester.  

Although Mrs. Yanusko has taught two decades of students, her time at BASH has seemed to fly by, she said.

“I am a Boyertown grad and I loved coming back to my alma mater to teach,” she said. “When I was at BASH I truly felt I was doing exactly what I was meant to be doing. I always put my all into my job and did develop great relationships with many students and preschoolers.”

Assistant principal Mr. Andrew Maoury said Mrs. Yanusko has provided a great opportunity for student to get real-world experience. 

“It hurts to lose her because she’s an awesome, positive and helpful teacher with lots of energy,” he said. “But I am happy for her and she deserves a good rest.”

Mr. Maoury isn’t the only one who will miss Mrs. Yanusko.

“She’s always smiling and trying to make the best out of every situation,” Preschool 3 Junior Lydia Jones said. “Without her, I would have never considered working with younger children.”

Although her students will miss her, Mrs. Y is looking forward to retirement.  She plans on spending more time with her grandchildren, traveling, volunteering at her church and eventually get a part time job — once she catches up on sleep.

“I will miss my time here and will always look back with a grateful heart for the opportunity to be here.”

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